By the time that Heli-Expo ends tomorrow, AgustaWestland expects to sign agreements at the show for more than 100 helicopters worth more than $923 million. Some of the deals are still in their early stages, but the outlook is certainly positive, company officials told AIN.
On Saturday, the day before the show opened, AgustaWestland announced an order from Lease Corporation International valued at $380 million (including options) for a mix of AW139s, AW169s and AW189s. Then an announcement came yesterday that Gulf Helicopters had signed “a preliminary sale contract” for 15 AW189s to support offshore transport. In a separate ceremony, also yesterday, Bond Aviation Group signed “a framework agreement” for 15 helicopters–10 firm orders and five options for a mix of AW139s, AW169s and AW189s.
Further, Sloan Helicopters signed a multi-year distribution agreement covering “a significant number of GrandNew light twins to be delivered through to 2014,” which included two firm orders. Finally, Life Flight Network yesterday signed a contract with AgustaWestland for 15 AW119Ke helicopters to meet its future air medical transport requirements. Deliveries will begin in late 2012 and continue through 2014. At least two more order announcements by AgustaWestland were expected today.